One thing I wanted to do this year was some kind of handprint art with Zuzu. I love her sweet little hands, and they will never be this little again! I'd seen the handprints made into turkeys on Pinterest (that linked to this and this). So I decided to make my own version, and keep it really simple. My turkey would be brown, and I'd draw on a face and feet. I gathered the following supplies:
|Crayola fingerpaints, Sharpie paint markers, 4x4 canvas, and clear acrylic spray. I had to buy the paint and canvas, but already owned the spray|
Maybe I should have made my own fingerpaint? I wanted it to last once it was on the canvas, though, and I wasn't going to leave it on her long enough that it needed to be edible. Also it said it was washable and nontoxic, so that was good enough for me.
First, I had to make brown paint. Which I did by mixing orange, green, and purple. (Note: I started with mixing orange and green and got the precise hue of Zuzu's last diaper... yick! Adding the purple was an easy fix.) I rifled through the recyclables and used the cardboard from a six pack of beer as my artist's palate. Also, I stripped down the baby.
|Zuzu says this stuff looks pretty cool. Please ignore |
|Zuzu says: This feels weird.|
|Zuzu says: What are you doing to me, woman?|
|Zuzu says: I will now make the tightest fist ever while also gnawing on your wrist.|
|Mommy says: Uh, that's not exactly how I envisioned this.|
Zuzu says: My creative process cannot be directed by your bourgeois Pinterest interests!
|Zuzu says: Are we seriously doing this again?|
|Looks JUST LIKE a turkey, right?|
After I washed the baby and myself, I went ahead and added the turkey parts to the handprint. I didn't bother waiting for the paint to dry.
Pretty freaking adorable if you ask me, but I am a little bit biased. I think we'll have to do another one of these next year. I love those fat feather fingers.
Once it's all dry (could take a little while, since the thumb area is a bit goopy), I'm going to spray it with the clear acrylic spray to seal it and make sure it lasts. And then we'll find a place to display it as a delightful Thanksgiving decoration and Zuzu's very first art project.